GCO- Asign 9 - Contrary to my previous beliefs I was amazed...

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Contrary to my previous beliefs, I was amazed to see how much our University (consciously or unconsciously) combats producing and sustaining a democratic society after reading ‘Students as Neoliberal Subjects’. By being a part of the university, we are subjected to being reinstated into the realms of society that support “capital accumulation, class warfare, deregulation of corporations, privatization and consolidation of corporate power”, something I was ultimately trying to avoid when coming to college. Though some of these do not illuminate my position as a student here at UMass, I could see it in many of my family and colleagues’ experiences. Seeing the elaboration on the accumulation of debt made my jaw drop—it’s entirely realistic and applicable to many students on this campus, while also quite nauseating. Financing education has become one of the most successful sites of corporate profiteering (pg 3), spiraling students who seek higher education into the sacrifice of debt for a degree. Thus, when students come out of school, the experience wasn’t necessarily for learning and growth but just for the ability to get a career that will pay off their debt. This inhibits our learning experiences and discourages students to seek education out of their major, something, in my opinion, that should be encouraged. Higher education merely becomes a commodity, a consumer service, socializing people to make money instead of making change. The accumulation of debt helps propel the cycle of fear and anxiety that I see in many of my friends and in my brother. The fear of succeeding on the outside triggers the argument that many students don’t want to explore new fields and take on new ideas, nor be involved in creative projects that betterment our thinking to experiences outside our own. ‘Being a business
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  • Spring '13
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  • Democracy, Capital accumulation, Get out the vote

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